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Update for International students about novel coronavirus

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What you need to know

TAFE NSW is open, and courses will run as normal.

However, we will continue to monitor the situation closely and take advice in relation to the coronavirus from the Australian Government and NSW Health to ensure we are responding appropriately.

Current advice

NSW Health has the following recommendations after receiving Federal Government advice:

  • People who have been in contact with any confirmed novel coronavirus cases must be isolated in their home for 14 days following exposure, other than for individual medical care.
  • Individuals who have travelled from or through mainland China (excluding Hong Kong) must be isolated in their home for 14 days after they return, other than for individual medical care.

What this means for students

Students currently excluded from educational facilities such as schools and TAFE NSW locations are those who:

  • over the last 14 days have travelled from mainland China (excluding Hong Kong)
  • have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus
  • are under medical assessment
  • have had close contact with a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus.

Advice for students affected by travel bans or self-isolation

We extend our sympathy to anyone affected by this situation. TAFE NSW is committed to working with students to ensure they complete the training required to gain the skills and qualifications they need.

We are putting arrangements in place to support you and your study plans, and to minimise any disadvantage.

If you are unwell you should notify your teacher of your circumstance. Please note:

  • You will not be disadvantaged by not attending for this short period of time.
  • Arrangements will be made to allow you to recommence your study after this period.

If your course has begun and you are well enough to study, you should notify your teacher of your circumstance to determine whether arrangements for remote learning can be put in place.

If remote learning is unavailable, arrangements will be made for you to recommence your study after this period.

We look forward to welcoming you to our campus and commencing face-to-face studies as soon as possible.

Advice for those potentially exposed

NSW Health advice for students who may have been exposed to novel coronavirus

If you develop a fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath within 14 days of exposure:

  • Immediately isolate yourself in a single room away from others
  • Wear a mask (if available).
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible, preferably at your Emergency Department
  • Phone ahead to the emergency department so protective arrangements can be made
  • When possible, isolate yourself at home while waiting for results of the assessment
  • Contact 1300 066 055 so the Public Health Unit can follow up as necessary

Frequently asked questions

Coronavirus exposure and prevention

How can we help prevent the spread of novel coronavirus?

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence against most viruses.

Please:

  • wash your hands with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • avoid contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contacts)
  • cough and sneeze into your elbow.

When should I isolate myself?

You should do this immediately in a single room away from others and seek medical attention as soon as possible, preferably at your Emergency Department.

What does isolate in your home mean?

You should not attend public places, in particular work, school, childcare or public areas of educational facilities.

Only people who usually reside in your home or other place of residence should be permitted on the premises.

Where possible, get others such as friends or family, who are not required to be isolated to get food or other necessities for you.

If you must leave your home or residence, such as to seek medical care, you are required to wear a surgical mask if available.

Study programs

What about my study program?

Taking care of your health and wellbeing is the most important thing right now.

If you are unwell you should notify your teacher of your circumstance. Please note:

  • You will not be disadvantaged by not attending for this short period of time.
  • Arrangements will be made to allow you to recommence your study after this period.

If your course has begun and you are well enough to study, you should notify your teacher of your circumstance to determine whether arrangements for remote learning can be put in place.

If remote learning is unavailable, arrangements will be made for you to recommence your study after this period

Will I have to change my visa?

You may have to update your Class 500 Student Visa. TAFE NSW will support you throughout this process.

What if my length of stay in Australia has to change?

We will assist you with any changes to your visa status, along with reissuing you with the required documents.

Student wellbeing

I’m feeling very stressed/anxious/unwell

If you feel like you need support, you may access TAFE NSW’s free counselling services.

To book a virtual session with a TAFE Counsellor:

  1. Visit tafensw.edu.au/locations
  2. Pick your preferred TAFE NSW location.
  3. Click the ‘More about this campus’ button.
  4. Use the phone number or email listed to start a conversation with a TAFE Counsellor.

More information

See the below for official advice in relation to the coronavirus.

  • Visit the NSW Health Novel Coronavirus webpage for the latest coronavirus information and FAQs.
  • For individual advice, please call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.